Square Enix has confirmed that there will be a new Tomb Raider game released in 2018, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider set to conclude the reboot trilogy that begun back in 2013.
We don't know much about Shadow of the Tomb Raider yet, but it's already one of the most anticipated games of 2018. Here, we discuss everything we know about the new Tomb Raider game, including the release date, platforms and the latest gameplay news.
Of course 2018 isn't just bringing a new Tomb Raider game - there's also a new film starring Alicia Vikander, out now in the UK. Watch the trailers and find out the latest news at our Tomb Raider movie hub, or read our review to find out what we think of the new film.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider release date
The next Tomb Raider game will be released on 14 September 2018, just six months after its March announcement. Between now and then, there'll be a bigger gameplay reveal on 27 April, which is when we'll find out more about exactly what to expect, along with information on all of the pre-order bonuses for the game.
What platforms will it be on?
While the previous game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, launched as a timed Xbox One exclusive, Square Enix has clearly taken fan disappointment to heart, announcing that Shadow of the Tomb Raider will launch simultaneously on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, including support for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro.
While we’d also love to see a Tomb Raider title come to the Nintendo Switch, it seems Nintendo’s handheld console isn't quite powerful enough for the beautifully detailed environments found in Tomb Raider titles, though we're still holding out hope for a port in the future.
In terms of gameplay, there’s not much to go on. The initial statement from the Tomb Raider Twitter account doesn’t give anything away about what to expect from gameplay – not the location, time or even the theme of the game.
Our main hint comes from the announcement teaser trailer, which you can watch below or at the top of this page, which shows off a jungle setting and some Mesoamerican step pyramids, so it seems a fair bet that we can expect the game to be set in South or Central America.
Otherwise, we only have Square Enix's description of the game as "the climatic finale of Lara's origin story," and the promise that you can "Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider." Make of that what you will.
We might know more soon though - the game's official website reveals that there will be a puzzle to play from Monday 19 March, which we can only hope will reveal a few more details about what we can expect. The publisher has also said that fans will get "a chance to play the game and meet the developers at one of three exclusive reveal events," which may well be the reward for successfully completing the online puzzle.
We’ll be sure to update this article as soon as we have the latest information, so check back soon and follow us on Twitter for the latest game news.